Jan 302014

Local food-related events

Harvest Month

Exciting events are being organised to celebrate local food during the month of March. As details are finalised they will be added to the LFC calendar which can be accessed from the ‘harvest month’ button on the right hand sidebar.

The Great Big Swap Day

run by Sustainable Macleod on Saturday Feb 15 from 11am. Once again check the LFC calendar for details.

Diamond Creek Community Expo

LFC will have a stall at this event on Sunday March 2, 4:30 -7pm. Come along and share your local food needs and wants!

Creative ideas needed

We are looking for a short phrase that can be used on signs throughout the area at places where food is grown for the purpose of sharing. Have you any suggestions?

Edible School gardens

Do you work in or are you a parent at a local school which has a food garden? It would be good to create a list and make a page on the website showcasing these – maybe a short description and a photo? Please send in to info@localfoodconnect.org.au.

Cockatoos_sharing_appleseedsSharing of local apple seeds!

Other food activities/information

More from the Sustainable Living festival

Beyond the supermarket-Open Food Network Showcase, 3.30 -5pm, Sat Feb 15, Birrarung Marr.

Kirsten Larsen and Serenity Hill will demo the Open Food Network – an online marketplace for local food. Showcasing food hubs and farmers from across the State, we’ll provide an opportunity to connect with what’s happening in your region.Hear from special guests: Nick Ray (Ethical Consumer Guide); Darren Sharp (Shareable.net); Tammi Jonas (Jonai Farms); Angie Orrego (Local Organics); and a speaker from Eaterprises.


Lots of interesting stories here. I like the story The Sharing Garden Shows the Way to a Moneyless Food System.

I hope you are able to manage your plants needs in this very high heat.

Jan 252014

The purpose of the LFC News is to share information about what is happening in the local food economy, especially in regard to efforts to grow and distribute chemically free grown, nutrient rich food to the consumer. Because different events and activities are happening regularly we post information weekly, keeping the news items as brief as possible but often with links for further reading. Readers knowing of any such food activities are welcome to send in information or photos to share.

Local food-related events

Food swaps

The local food swaps have been running since April 2010, starting at Churinga in Greensborough, after some months of planning by members of Local Food Connect. Rachel Bishop has capably facilitated the Greensborough swap which now takes place in the community garden at the Diamond Valley Library. Rachel is stepping down to take on other food projects. Thanks Rachel for your energy, cheerfulness and yummy treats over the four years of the swap. We are looking for one or two growers to take on the facilitation of the Greensborough swap, every second Saturday of the month, 10am to about midday, at the library. If interested, please email Fay at fay.loveland@gmail.com

The Edendale swap will run this weekend, with some help needed there also.

Community gardens/plantings

EHS_harvestmonthboxA new planter box has been set up in Eltham High School by the Edendale Workskills team to grow and advertise veggies for the Home Harvest Feast and Month. Great job everyone! See photo.

Nillumbik Health’s planter box has survived the 40degree days. There are thyme and french sorrel and the odd strawberry available at the moment. Seedling contributions are acceptable:-)

Diamond Valley Library’s Garden of Plenty has tomatoes at various stages of growth, silverbeet, jerusalem artichokes, potatoes, lettuce and herbs.

Seed saving handbook

I am going to order a few of these for activities throughout this year. If we buy 5 or more from the Seedsaver Network we only pay $19 each pp, (compared with $32). If any readers would like to to purchase one, please
let me know.

Jan 172014

Hazelnut_kernelsHello readers. How is your garden going during this very hot weather of the new year? I hope you have managed to save some produce to eat! The picture shows some of the beautifully created hazelnut kernels from my bush. Alas, there was no nut inside any of the kernels!

Local food-related events

Food Swaps

BAAG and Macleod Swaps are usually on the third weekend of the month. At BAAG, Angelo Eliades will also join them again with his insights in surviving the heat.

Eltham Farmers’ Market is on its way

As you probably know, Local Food Connect is planning to open a farmers’ market in Eltham, starting Autumn 2014.  The market will be at Eltham Mall and will be held fortnightly, on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month.  This note brings you up to date with the latest developments.

Establishing a farmers’ market costs quite a lot of money.  Accordingly, we have submitted a grant application to the farmers’ market programme of the Department of Planning and Community Development (DPCD).  DPCD’s rules require that their funding is matched by other funding on a 1:1 basis.  Whilst we are seeking funds from various local sources, these are unlikely to reach the matched funding amount.  We have therefore decided to try and raise some crowdfunding(!).  Go to www.pozible.com/project/176787 to see our entry and to make a donation.  To meet our matched funding requirement, we really do need people to donate and we would be very appreciative if you can find your way to so doing.

On the operations front, we have been talking to people to run the market on our behalf and will soon begin talking to local producers who might be interested in being stallholders.  If you are interested in being a stallholder, or know someone who might be interested, send an email to Chris Chapple (chrisrchapple@gmail.com).

On the looks front, we want the location to look as good as possible.  As well as umbrellas, chairs, etc, we are thinking of painting (e.g. some murals) and veggie growing (e.g. some wicking beds) and we have recently begun meeting people who know about such things.  If you have any ideas or suggestions about how to make the site more attractive, please send an email to Guy Palmer (guy.palmer1@gmail.com).

Finally, we want to organise various food-related events and activities to run alongside the market.  If there are any activities that you might be interested in participating in, or more generally if you are potentially interested in helping out with the market, please send an email to either Chris or Guy.

Pickling workshop

See details for this workshop at Rivers of Yarrambat on February 1, after the produce exchange (or foodswap), at www.riversofyarrambat.com.

Cooks required

There is a need for cooking workshops and demonstrations in our area. Are you a confident cook who would be interested to become involved in a project? If so, please contact Robyn at info@localfoodconnect.org.au.

Other food activities/information

International Year of…

The 2014 International Year of Family Farming (IYFF) aims to raise the profile of family farming and smallholder farming by focusing world attention on its significant role in eradicating hunger and poverty, providing food security and nutrition, improving livelihoods, managing natural resources, protecting the environment, and achieving sustainable development, in particular in rural areas.

Simply Tomatoes

Recently I was reading the Environment Report referred to in our last LFC News for 2013. Following a couple of links, I came to a Victorian grower selling green tomato products. Read Simply Tomato’s story or order some of their delicious sounding products here.